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About the SAT Math Test


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We have lots of free resources and videos to help you prepare for the SAT. These materials are for the redesigned SAT which is for you if you are taking the SAT in March 2016 and beyond.

The questions on the SAT Math Test are distributed as follows:
Heart of Algebra - 19 questions
• Problem Solving and Data Analysis - 17 questions
• Passport to Advanced Math - 16 questions
• Additional Topics in Math - 6 questions

Heart of Algebra includes:
• Analyze and solve linear equations and systems of linear equations
• Create linear equations and inequalities to represent relationships between quantities and to solve problems.
• Understand and use the relationship between linear equations and inequalities and their graphs to solve problems

Problem Solving and Data Analysis includes:
• Create and analyze relationships using ratios, percentages, proportional reasoning and units
• Represent and analyze quantitative data
• Find and apply probabilities in context

Passport to Advanced Math includes:
• Identify and create equivalent algebraic expressions
• Create, analyze and solve quadratic and nonlinear equations
• Create, use and graph exponential, quadratic, and other nonlinear functions

Advanced Topics in Math includes:
• Solve problems related to area and volume
• Apply definitions and theorems related to lines, angles, triangles, and circles
• Work with right triangles, the unit circle, and trigonometric functions
• Problems involving the arithmetic of complex numbers.

Calculator and No-Calculator Portions.
You will be permitted to use a calculator on only one portion of the SAT Math Test. A scientific or graphing calculator is recommended. In general, the questions in the calculator portion is more complex than those in the no-calculator portion.

Multiple-Choice and Student-Response Questions
Multiple-Choice Questions
• Make up about 80% of the total Math questions
• Consists of four options with only one correct answer
Student-Response Questions
• Make up about 20% of the total Math questions
• Answer may be a fraction, decimal, or positive integer

Redesigned SAT Math Section
Redesigned SAT Math (No-Calculator Portion)


Rotate to landscape screen format on a mobile phone or small tablet to use the Mathway widget, a free math problem solver that answers your questions with step-by-step explanations.

You can use the free Mathway widget below to practice Algebra or other math topics. Try the given examples, or type in your own problem and check your answer with the step-by-step explanations.

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